Northeastern states seek solutions from task-force committee meeting

The five northeastern states will be playing domestic cricket this season and have a lot of issues to resolve in a short span of time.

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The northeast states will be looking for headway when they meet for the BCCI-appointed NADP task-force committee at the Board’s headquarters on Wednesday.

With the domestic season about to begin next month, the northeast states are running against time to get the house in order. While lack of funds remain a concern for the five states which will feature in the Ranji Trophy for the first time, setting up proper infrastructure is also a priority. And the members attending the meeting are hoping that there will be some clarity on the road ahead.

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“There have been meetings in the past, and now, there’s not much time. So, it is important that we finalise the things,” a senior official from one of the state units, told Sportstar.

In an email addressed to the northeastern states a few days ago — a copy of which is with Sportstar — the Board has listed out a few points that the member units need to update to the task-force. While the first priority is to come up with a final schedule of selection trials and matches, the member units also need to alert the task-force on the schedule of preparatory camps before the BCCI tournaments.

They have also been asked to give a final list of ‘the grounds available for BCCI tournaments and also the administrative setup available for smooth functioning of the registration process and other logistic support required for the teams.’

While the members of the NADP committee have already visited the states and heard about the problems and requirements, it is also learnt that most of the state units have requested the Board to provide them with coaching staff and proper equipment.

The letter also states that the member units should submit a season budget. “We have budgetary issues and there’s no ground for us. So, we will have to play out of home. We have informed it to the Board,” Lobzang G. Tenzing, the president of Sikkim Cricket Association, told this publication.

With the northeastern states not having enough experienced cricketers, possibilities are that some of them would settle for outstation players and coaches. But for that, they would need funds and support from the Board. With the representatives from each association reaching the city by Tuesday evening, they would be hoping to find a solution when the meeting gets underway.